So no, Roamer is definitely not a stoner rock band but they are pretty much everything else. From disco to post-rock, indie pop and alternative rock, these guys can seemingly do it all. So buckle up for a weird but interesting experience.
Roamer is the band of the Swiss singer and composer Samuel Blatter. Not only has he been a vocalist in several bands, he also composed and produced theatre and dance performances. With Roamer, he seems to explore his entire musical background, which results in surprising songs about surprising themes. Opener 'Open My Pants' contains the lyrics "you're going down on me" a few times, so yes, we're far away from normal everyday pop music. On the other hand, lyrically speaking this resembles most modern hip hop, hah.
That being said, this might actually be the indie pop equivalent of Kayo Dot. Much like Toby Driver Samuel Blatter loves to experiment, add unusual elements, strange hooks and surprising edges. Blatter does not take it to the extreme but he does manage to create unique songs. Even the gloomy ballad 'Bye Bye Baby' sounds unusual enough to not appear on your everyday radio station. Then again, this doesn't belong on your radio station. It belongs on your record player.
Bands that come to mind when I listen to these tunes include everything from the Beatles over Frank Zappa to dEUS, Ween, Muse, Archive and Sonic Youth. 'There's No Me' is a perfect wedding between the joyful pop of the Beatles and the noise of Sonic Youth. 'Touchscreen' might be the most "normal" indie pop song here, a mid tempo tune that touches the blues. Oh well, I guess it's clear by now that this is a damn unique effort. It's something I'd like to recommend to all fans of the unusual and obscure. It's really something else...